Curriculum


Programme Overview

The course part of the PhD programme consists of in total 40 ECTS (1 ECTS is approximately equal to 28 hours). PhD candidates will have to have finished the courses by the end of the second year. At the end of the first year they should have finished at least 25 ECTS. The remaining ECTS should be obtained in the second year. The courses are a compulsory part of the PhD programme and at the end of both the first and the second years PhD candidates will have to report to the ERIM programme coordinator about the courses they have taken and passed.

In the ERIM PhD programme, the PhD candidate and his/her supervisor(s) jointly develop a course plan that helps the PhD candidate develop the knowledge and research skills necessary to become a specialised researcher. Three months after the PhD candidate has entered the programme, he/she submits a course plan which contains the courses the PhD candidate intends to take. These courses should complement the PhD candidate's existing knowledge and skills and be helpful in carrying out the research project. This means that each PhD candidate will compose a programme that is customised to his/her individual needs and interests. The course plan consists of three types of courses: core courses, skill training, and specialisation courses. Please note that the core courses and the skill training are only open to PhD candidates participating in the ERIM PhD Programme.

Research Methodology and Research Methods (at least 10 ECTS)

The aim of these courses is to familiarise PhD candidates with research methodologies and applications in the domain of management research. Methodology makes explicit the scientific frame in which research is conducted; scientific rules which have to be adhered to in executing research. PhD’s choose a minimum of two of the methodology courses offered.

Lecturers
Conrad Heilmann Christopher Clarke
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.001
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Robert Rooderkerk
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.002
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Pursey Heugens
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.003
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Alex Koning Patrick Groenen
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.004
ECTS
6
Lecturers
Marno Verbeek
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.005
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Chiel van Oosterom
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.006
ECTS
4
Lecturers
Alex Koning
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.008
ECTS
4
Lecturers
Vladimir Karamychev
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.009
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Judith Mulder
Level
Methodology
Code
BERM.MC.010
ECTS
4

Skills (6 ECTS)

In this part of the programme the writing, presenting, and research skills of the PhD candidates are trained. English, Scientific Integrity and Publishing Strategy are compulsory courses; further a number of other skill courses/workshops is offered every year, that are not obligatory.

Lecturers
Level
Skill
Code
BERM.SKL.001
ECTS
4
Level
Skill
Code
BERM.SKL.009
ECTS
1
Level
Skill
Code
BERM.SKL.010
ECTS
1

Advanced Courses

The main part of ERIM PhD programme consists of advanced courses. Each PhD candidate will compose an individual programme with courses that he/she plans to take. These courses will be in the field in which the PhD candidate is conducting his/her research and enhance specialised knowledge and research skills. ERIM fellows are involved in teaching a number of advanced courses.

Lecturers
Alex Koning Patrick Groenen
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERM.AMC.002
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Peter Wakker
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERM.AMC.004
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Maarten Wubben
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERM.AMC.005
ECTS
5
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERM.AMC.006
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Jan Brinkhuis Alex Koning
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERM.AMC.008
ECTS
4
Lecturers
Guido Berens
Level
Advanced Methodology
Code
BERM.AMC.009
ECTS
2
Lecturers
George Hendrikse
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.001
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Eric van Heck Piet Ribbers Anne Rutkowski Wolfgang Ketter Otto Koppius Hans Weigand
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.008
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Justin Jansen
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.009
ECTS
5
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.012
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Michael Jensen
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.020
ECTS
3
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.026
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.027
ECTS
5
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.031
ECTS
5
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.032
ECTS
5
Lecturers
Daan Stam Andrea Prencipe Serge Rijsdijk Murat Tarakci Jan van den Ende
Level
Advanced Specialisation
Code
BERM.ASC.035
ECTS
5

ERIM PhD candidates can also decide to follow courses outside ERIM. Several national and international networks and programmes provide high quality specialised courses. Examples of these networks are:

Furthermore, PhD candidates can also follow courses in the doctoral programmes of other (foreign) universities and research schools. 

Research Proposal

At the end of the first year PhD candidates have to submit a written research proposal which describes the question(s), positioning, method and so on, of the research they are going to carry out in the remaining three years they are in the PhD programme. Two experts in the field in which the research is done will review the proposal. Based on their reviews a decision will be made as to whether PhD candidates can continue their research or will have to leave the programme.